Best Dry Puppy Foods


The table below includes The Dog Food Advisor’s Best Dry Puppy Foods for August 2018.

What’s the Best
Dry Dog Food for Puppies?

To qualify, each candidate must meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for either Growth or All Life Stages.

And must also contain…

  • No risky cancer-causing preservatives
  • No anonymous meat ingredients
  • No toxic coloring agents
  • No generic animal fat
  • No propylene glycol
  • Above-average protein content
  • Below-average carbohydrates
  • Modest fat-to-protein ratio

Special Note for
Large Breed Puppies

Feeding a food that contains too much calcium can significantly increase a large breed puppy’s RISK of hip dysplasia.

And other crippling skeletal conditions.


Since small and medium breed puppies are not at risk

They can safely eat a wide variety of QUALITY puppy foods.


If you’re feeding a large breed puppy

Be sure to visit our Best Large Breed Puppy Foods page.

Best Dry Puppy Foods
August 2018

Each dry dog food below is suitable for puppies and meets The Advisor’s 9 guidelines for finding superior brands.

Products marked ALS (All Life Stages) can be fed to either puppies or adults. Those marked Growth are for puppies only. Those tagged FT have been verified by feeding trials.

Use links below to compare price and package sizes at an online retailer.

Acana RegionalsALS5 stars
Annamaet Ultra 32%ALS5 stars
Blue Buffalo Life Protection Small Breed PuppyGrowth4.5 stars
Blue Buffalo Wilderness Puppy FoodGrowth5 stars
Brothers Complete Chicken Meal and Egg Grain FreeALS5 stars
Diamond Naturals Small Breed PuppyALS4.5 stars
Dr. Tim's Grain Free Kinesis FormulaALS5 stars
Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural Grain FreeALS5 stars
Farmina N&D Grain Free Small and Medium Breed PuppyALS5 stars
Go! Fit and Free Puppy FoodGrowth5 stars
Holistic Select Puppy HealthALS4.5 stars
Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Grain Free Puppy RecipeALS5 stars
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain Free PuppyGrowth5 stars
Now Fresh Grain Free Puppy FoodGrowth4.5 stars
Nulo Freestyle Grain Free PuppyGrowth5 stars
Nutro Ultra PuppyGrowth4.5 stars
Pro Pac Ultimates Puppy FoodGrowth5 stars
Solid Gold Barking at the Moon Grain FreeALS5 stars
Solid Gold Wolf Cub PuppyALS4 stars
Taste of the Wild Puppy FoodALS4 stars
Under the Sun Grain Free PuppyGrowth4.5 stars
Victor Grain Free Active Dog and PuppyALS5 stars
Wellness Complete Health Small Breed PuppyGrowth4.5 stars
Wellness Core Puppy FoodGrowth5 stars
Whole Earth Farms Puppy RecipeALS4 stars